The Nürburgring-Nordschleife is known for being one of the most challenging tracks in the world, and every automaker that has ever set a time record there has earned a place in history. This time around, Mercedes-AMG accomplished what no other automaker has done before by setting a new record for road-legal production cars with the Mercedes-AMG ONE. Read more, we will explore the incredible feat accomplished by Maro Engel and the Mercedes-AMG team.
Hard to Beat Record-Setting Drive:
Maro Engel, a racing driver and AMG brand ambassador, set the new record for road-legal production vehicles on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife on October 28, 2022. He clocked in an officially measured and notarized time of 6:35.183 minutes, beating the previous record by a remarkable eight seconds. Engel’s record-breaking drive was especially impressive given the less-than-ideal track conditions, which included damp areas and a partly dirty track. Nevertheless, Engel managed to push the hypercar with Formula-1 technology to its limit, improving his lap time to the new official record.
A Technological Marvel: The Mercedes-AMG ONE:
The Mercedes-AMG ONE hypercar with Formula-1 hybrid-drive technology is a technological marvel that brings racing technology to the road. With a total output of 782 kW (1,063 hp), the car features one combustion engine and four electric motors. The complex technology in the car is evident in the fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with a hybrid-driven rear axle and electrically driven front axle with torque vectoring. It also features active aerodynamics and push-rod chassis, making it a force to be reckoned with on any track.
Intelligent Driving for Optimal Energy Management:
Setting a lap time record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in a hypercar like the Mercedes-AMG ONE requires more than just driving skills. It also requires intelligent driving style, which is what Maro Engel demonstrated during his record-setting drive. Engel used special energy management for the 20.8 km Nordschleife, which required him to manage his energy by using the four-stage Energy Flow Control of the AMG ONE. This meant that he could not accelerate to the maximum possible speed on all sections of the track, but also had to manage his energy. He also used energy recovery in the braking phases and let off the gas a little earlier in some sections, known as “lift and coast” in technical jargon.
First Car Manufacturer with a Hypercar on the Ring:
Mercedes-AMG is the first car manufacturer to have set an official record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with a hypercar. This makes the Mercedes-AMG ONE not only the absolute fastest road-legal vehicle on the Nordschleife but also number 1 in the Nürburgring “super sports car” category. The fast lap times were precisely measured by the neutral experts of “wige SOLUTIONS”, and an independent notary also certified the proper condition of the vehicle and the measurements with an 11-page certificate.
In conclusion, Maro Engel’s record-setting drive on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with the Mercedes-AMG ONE hypercar was a remarkable feat that will go down in history. The AMG ONE’s complex technology and intelligent driving style helped Engel to beat the previous record by a remarkable eight seconds, despite less-than-ideal track conditions. This accomplishment not only makes the Mercedes-AMG ONE the absolute fastest road-legal vehicle on the Nordschleife, but it also puts it at the top of the Nürburgring “super sports car” category. Mercedes-AMG’s success in breaking this record with a hypercar demonstrates the incredible capabilities of modern automotive technology and sets a new bar for what is possible on the track.